Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is attending a LIAT shareholders meeting today, Tuesday 30th April 2019 in Antigua.
Attending the meeting will be government of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St.Vincent and the Grenadines which are the shareholders of LIAT currently providing financial support.
In a recent article from Antigua Observer, Prime Minister of St.Vincent Ralph Gonsalves stated that “the lack of financial input from some Caribbean countries served by LIAT could bring about it’s imminent closure.”
Gonsalves also said that most of the countries served by the airline were not responding favorably to the carrier’s request for a US $3.4 million injection to ensure it’s survival.
Prime Minister, Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit expressed that regardless the challenges faced by the Antigua-based travelling agency, all must be done to assist LIAT in maintaining it’s sustainability.
“Yes we have always had issues about LIAT’s operations and its tardiness and this and that but these things have to be set aside,” he stated.
Skerrit describes the meeting in Antigua as being “crucial” and said that there will be discussions of intro-regional air travel.
“I intend to make it very clear at this meeting that Dominica under my leadership will continue to play it’s part in the sustainability of LIAT. We do not have large amount of funds but the little that we have or the little that we do not have, we will certainly make it a contribution to LIAT’s sustainability.”
Prime Minister Skerrit urged all Caribbean countries to recognize the value of LIAT and it’s services to the Caribbean region.